Fernando Tatis Jr. (24‧ San Diego) is slowly improving his physical condition after returning from injury and drug suspension. He definitely gives the feeling that his energy is rising as he goes on.
In the game against Minnesota on the 11th (Korean time), his powerful shoulder shone. The throwing speed of Tatis Jr., who threw hard to catch Carlos Correa at home, recorded a whopping 100 miles per hour (about 161 km). Since ‘Statcast’ compiled related records, it was the second-highest throwing speed ever, following Hunter Renfro (100.3 miles) in 2017.
In the game against Minnesota on the 12th, he fired a cannon from the start of the first inning. Opponent starting over threw a fastball into the zone to catch the count, but he just pulled it. His exit velocity reached a whopping 177 km/h. It just got stuck in the left crowd with a line drive. It was a tremendous force. Minnesota fans booed, but the atmosphere of bewilderment at the home run from the start was greater.
Tatis Jr. signed a 14-year, $340 million contract with San Diego in 2021. A $300 million contract is also surprising, but the problem is that Tatis Jr. had never played a full-time season at the time. In other words, San Diego bets $340 million on a player who has not been properly verified.
There’s still a long way to go before becoming a free agent, and if that’s the case, you could watch for another 1-2 years and sign an extension, but San Diego hurriedly bought it. I saw that the price would go up over time, and in fact, San Diego’s choice itself was right. Tatis Jr. hit the jackpot in 2021 with 42 homers, 97 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.975 in 130 games. If the contract had been signed a year later, I would have had to pay more than that.
The reason San Diego was able to give Tatis Jr. such a big deal is because of his athleticism, which he has seen since he was a kid. Tatis Jr. is currently the most energetic player in the major leagues. It’s like an unpolished beast. He has a strong shoulder capable of throwing a ball at 100 miles per hour, and he also has the best exit velocity in the league. The feet are fast here. Watching the jumps on defense, you realize Tatis Jr.’s athletic ability.스포츠토토
The problem is that the word ‘drug’ is stuck here. Tatis Jr. was caught on a drug test last year when he was preparing for his comeback and was suspended for 80 games. He is currently booed by the opposing team’s fans at every away match. Tatis Jr. says it was a mistake, but no one believes it right away.
Tatis Jr.’s athletic prowess has been well-reputed since he was very young, so it is persuasive to evaluate that this current energy is not solely created by drugs. However, with the advent of the word drug, all personal efforts and innate abilities have been covered by the word drug. It was a fatal blow to his personal career.